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Norway's Classic Fjords - all tailor-made together (6 days)

50 Degrees North - Norway, Finland and Iceland

Oslo, Norway To Bergen, Norway

Valid for Departures Now Through: 31 Aug 2019

Norway's Classic Fjords - all tailor-made together (6 days)

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Oslo, Norway
Comfort Hotel Grand Central None

Day 1: Arrive in Oslo

Arrive to Oslo and make your own way to your central hotel in the heart of Oslo. The Norwegian capital has a great deal to offer for the discerning traveller. If you arrive early, we can recommend a walk around the centre of town to view the Parliament, the Castle & the Harbour area. Overnight in Comfort Hotel Grand Central or similar with breakfast.

Day 2
Flåm, Norway
Fretheim Hotel Breakfast, Dinner

Day 2: Depart Oslo by early train and enjoy the spectacular journey to Flåm

Catch an early morning train from Oslo to Myrdal. The train journey over Northern Europe’s largest mountain plateau is spectacular. In the comfort of your train, watch fjord scenery with beautiful waterfalls, flowing rivers, deep valleys and mountains. In the afternoon, you check into the cosy mountain hotel in Flåm.

In the evening, head off for the Heritage Taste Food safari which takes you by RIB boat along the world heritage Aurlandsfjord and further into the stunning Nærøyfjord stopping along the way to try local farm's produce.

Overnight and dinner in Fretheim Hotel.

Day 3
Balestrand, Norway
Kviknes Hotel Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: Stegastein Viewpoint and Balestrand

After breakfast, join the lovely 1,5h bus excursion to the Stegastein Viewpoint, 650 meters above the fjord. Here you'll get a fantastic view of the fjord landscape that will give you the truly unique holiday photos. After, you have time to relax or go for short walks in Flåm before departing at 15:30 by express boat to the idyllic village of Balestrand on the Sognefjord.

In Balestrand you will stay at the historical Kvikne's hotel where the Kvikne family have been the hosts since 1877. Now a modern hotel with all the comforts, the hotel still holds on to its special old-time character and also hosts an extensive collection of artworks and antiques worth a look. Dinner and overnight at the Kvikne's hotel.

Day 4
Balestrand, Norway
Kviknes Hotel Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Fjærlandsfjord cruise and Bøyabreen glacier

After breakfast, join a cruise on the Fjaerland fjord, also known as "the green fjord" to Fjaerland passing tiny villages, waterfalls and steep mountains along the journey. From Fjaerland it is only a short bus drive to the Boyabreen glacier and the Norwegian Glacier Museum. Entry to the museum is included. After, return back to Balestrand and take the opportunity to explore the village and its surrounding by foot or by bike. Dinner and overnight at the Kvikne's hotel.

Day 5
Bergen, Norway
Clarion Hotel Admiral Breakfast

Day 5: Enjoy the amazing views as you depart Balestrand to Bergen

Take the morning or afternoon express boat out of the Sognefjord and south towards Bergen. With 5 - 6 hours on the water, you have plenty of time to soak in the atmosphere and the fresh air. There is a cafe on board with simple options. You can sit out on the deck on the upper floor with room to move. The boat moves pretty quickly and there are several stops along the way. Precipitous mountains, thunderous waterfalls and small homesteads that cling to the mountain sides are the framework of this boat tour.

Bergen is known as the "The Gateway to the Fjords of Norway" and it is a lively town with small-town charm and international feel. We recommend a walking tour via the famous fish market and along the Bryggen, the old Hanseatic wharf which is architecturally unique and listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Also worth a visit is the Fløibanen funicular which will take you to Mount Fløyen for the best views over the town. Overnight Clarion Hotel Admiral or similar with breakfast.

Day 6
Bergen, Norway
None Breakfast

Day 6: Departure day

After breakfast, continue your journey onwards or home, or enjoy a relaxing stay in Bergen. Ask us for ideas if you want to extend your tour.

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Description



Year after year, Norway's fjords are ranked among the best attractions in the world and this tour celebrates them. For Scandinavia's most thrilling sightseeing, this classic self-guided fjord tour will have you sailing under towering fjord cliffs, RIB boating along the fjords and finding surviving traditions in remote farm hamlets. Delve into the Hanseatic heritage and enjoy the salty hospitality of Norway's historic capital, Bergen.


Enjoy boutique historic hotels and many inclusions on this classic Norwegian tour.


Highlights of this tour include:


Sognefjord in a Nutshell from Flåm via Balestrand to Bergen

Flåm Railway Myrdal - Flåm

Heritage Taste Fjord Safari in Flåm

Stegastein Viewpoint excursion in Flåm

Half-day excursion on Fjærlandsfjord to Bøyabreen glacier and Museum

Day 1: Arrive in Oslo


Day 2: Depart Oslo by early train and enjoy the spectacular journey to Flåm


Day 3: Stegastein Viewpoint and Balestrand


Day 4: Fjærlandsfjord cuise and Bøyabreen glacier


Day 5: Enjoy the amazing views as you depart Balestrand to Bergen


Day 6: Departure day

About Us

50 Degrees North is a family owned, boutique destination specialist tour operator for the Nordic region and the Scandinavian Arctic. The company’s entirely Nordic sales staff offers in-depth knowledge of all its destinations. Luxury for us means experiencing something extraordinary beyond your everyday life; immersing yourself into the local culture, nature and people and, when possible, venturing away from the well-trodden paths and into the ‘un-known’. We do things the simple and beautiful Scandinavian way. With offices in Norway, Canada and Australia, 50 Degrees North is able to provide our clients with support 24/7.

Insider Tip

50 Degrees North is an authentic and affordable option for the Nordics. We are NOT your luxury white glove operator. More details at https://www.fiftydegreesnorth.com/info-centre/virtuoso-agents

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Unfamiliar

By: Igofish


Reviewed on: 09 Jul 2017

Given that 59 Deveees North is in Norway, they had no presence in Greenland whatsoever. While they were able to arrange the activities we requested, we had no single point person in Greenland. We felt on our own on a daily basis. This may have been due to a lack of personal experience with Greenland and more specifically the town where we visited. Since this is a national heritage site, I would have expected greater familiarity. However, we were able to fend for ourselves when neededttt
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Great options and fast service when needed

By: patcat


Reviewed on: 13 Aug 2017

Ours was a complex itinerary and they came through. There were a few minor stumbles and one change initiated by us...but all were handled quickly and professionally. Overall a fantastic experience!
Travel Advisor:  Colette Guterson
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50 Degrees North

By: Meryl


Reviewed on: 10 Sep 2017

Did not get what we had hoped for overall on our trip to Iceland. The only part of our trip that was planned for us and we loved was at The Blue Lagoon. Did not get "guided" tours, got pick up and drop off at destinations. Planning done on own and helped put together by our agent was better than what 50 Degrees North did for us.
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Wonderful adventure

By: globetrots


Reviewed on: 09 Oct 2017

Terrific service all around offering plenty of options and information. Had to make last minute miodifications and all went smoothly.
Travel Advisor:  Kip Abbott
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Good experience

By: Jensi


Reviewed on: 22 Jan 2018

My travel agent worked directly with 50 North in planning our trip. I can say that all of our tours were professional and fun. Also, when the weather caused restrictions on some of the planned activities, the company was quick to find a suitable alternative. Everything was exactly as described to us and we had a fantastic trip!
Travel Advisor:  Ron Phillips
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Well planned, learned a lot

By: Connerss


Reviewed on: 09 Apr 2018

Hotels were very nice, tour operators were good, private guides were stellar and informative, particularly those with Mountain Guides. Would definitely use 50 Degrees North again. Only complaint was one tour operator (Artic Adventures) had buses that were so compact we all had to turn and leave our legs in the aisle, and I'm not tall. While the sites were beautiful and the tour guide knowledgeable, the long sardine-can bus ride was very difficult. Perhaps they were the only operators sending trips to our desired locations, unsure of that detail.
Travel Advisor:  Irene Quisenberry
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Trip to Finland

By: Finngirl


Reviewed on: 18 Jun 2018

I would definitely use 50 Degrees North again. They planned our trip, which was perfect. There were 4 people in our group and they had something for all of us, and we all enjoyed everything we did. Leena our tour guide was absolutely wonderful. She made the walking tour a lot fun and we learned a lot. Hotels they choose were great and I couldn't have asked for anything more.
Travel Advisor:  Rosemarie Spinney
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Iceland

By: Grandma


Reviewed on: 13 Sep 2018

Everything went perfectly. Tours were wonderful.
Travel Advisor:  Amy Rectenwald
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Competent but not great comunicators

By: Bobiz


Reviewed on: 22 Oct 2018

Guides and transportation were very good. They were not responsive to our requests for restaurant reservation....they made some...and then ignored other requests.
Travel Advisor:  Lydia Ganz
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Thank you Anna & 50 Degrees North

By: Michelle T.


Reviewed on: 11 Dec 2018

Anna was super helpful when we encountered some minor issues on our trip - she was readily available to help . We had an absolutely amazing time in Sweden & Finland. I would highly recommend visiting this area- I would only recommend going a bit later as we didn’t have much snow even in early December :(
Travel Advisor:  Landa Mauriello-Vernon
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Knowledgeable up north

By: Hectar


Reviewed on: 16 Jan 2019

They really know the area. They put us in the right hotels and the guides the booked were wonderful. Everything was easy to understand and get around.
Travel Advisor:  Betsy Bouche
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Swedish Lapland

By: Martin & Kelly


Reviewed on: 12 Apr 2019

We had no idea what to expect when going to Lapland and up to the Arctic Circle but we're thankful Victoria had us working with 50 Degrees North. They were great through the entire process to include our time at Camp Ripan, The Ice Hotel & in Abisko. We didn't go to the Arctic Circle for anything but chasing the northern lights and the companies 50 Degrees used to help us do that were spot on. While in Kiruna we met reindeer, snowmobiled at night under the lights, ate by fireside in a cabin with no electricity and dog sledded with an amazing group of tour guides and wonderful dogs. On our way up to Absiko we sadly had a train cancellation and while we were able to go later in the day 50 Degrees made sure we were all set. Once in Absiko we were able to experience the lights two times more with a dinner at the Abisko Light Station (over dinner) + a photography course with Harry and Lights over Lapland. Amazing trip and thankful Victoria & 50 Degrees did to give us those memories.
Travel Advisor:  Victoria Hardison-Sterry
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Scandinavian Specialists ...

By: Greg


Reviewed on: 04 Apr 2019

Fifty Degrees North was contacted by Amanda Klimak of Largay Travel to arrange a personalized tour for me and my wife to Finland and Russia. Fifty Degrees North basically offered prepackaged private tours, "Glass Igloo Stay in Finland", and "St. Petersburg and Moscow in Style" which, with my questions and input, we customized to a limited degree. While the overall trip was well planned and enjoyable, some of the activities were quite touristy (reindeer farm visit, Izmailhovsky Market, tour of Vladimir, etc), and not particularly special or luxurious. Given that I never made cost an issue, I would have hoped that more unique and individualized activities could have been proposed. I must say the private guide (Marina Karpova) and car and driver in St. Petersburg was outstanding, and by comparison the guide in Moscow was less so, although acceptable. And having now experienced the "Golden Ring" tour of Vladimir and Suzdal (particularly the Azimut Hotel) I would not recommend it.
Travel Advisor:  Cliff Morgan
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Iceland

By: Kathy


Reviewed on: 05 May 2019

We travelled to Iceland with 50 Degrees North and joined a modified vehicle bus tour that took us off the beaten track through the highlands and to many amazing waterfalls and sites. They organised us to visit the Blue Lagoon on the way to our hotel. The tour included very good quality accommodation and meals. It was more active than a standard bus tour but could have offered more activities...the hiking options were limited as our group consisted of people who were not able to participate. We understand the guide needs to accommodate different levels of fitness and he did so very well. It would be great to have a tour designed for active people so that more options were possible...especially hiking. We thoroughly enjoyed hiking at Landmannalaugar and a dip in the natural hot springs. This was breathtaking and an unforgettable highlight...fire & ice. We extended our stay in Reykjavik to go ice climbing but a helicopter/ice cave tour would be a great option. We loved Iceland! Thank you!
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iceland quick trip

By: Pete


Reviewed on: 28 May 2019

fun but a bit chaotic
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